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Jennifer E. Cressman, Ph.D.

Jennifer E. Cressman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
St. Joseph Hall, 4th Floor, East Wing, SJ460
Educational Background: 

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Reading, Writing, and Literacy (2005)
MLS University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - History of Children's Literature (1994)
MSEd University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Anthropology of Education (1992)
BSEd Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania - Elementary Education/Reading/Aesthetics
College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, United Kingdom - Student Teaching (1991)

Certifications from Kutztown University, Chestnut Hill College, Arcadia University, University of Edinboro, and University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught: 
  • EDRG 605 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDRG 610 Comprehension and Fluency Instruction and Interventions for Children, PreK-4th
  • EDRG 612 Phonemic Awareness and Word Study Instruction and Interventions for Children, PreK-4th
  • EDRG 617 The Balanced Literacy Classroom for Children PreK-4th
  • EDRG 620 Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
  • EDRG 630 Assessment and Diagnosis for Students with Reading and Writing Differences
  • EDRG 632 Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
  • EDRG 634 Literacies of Families, Communities, and Cultures
  • EDRG 695 Leadership for Literacy Administration
Scholarly Interests: 
  • Andragogy and the Education of Reading Specialists at the Graduate Level
  • Undergraduate Preparation in the Field of Literacy Education
  • Children's Literature
  • History and Folklore of Childhood
  • International Education, particularly the Finnish Education System
  • Developing Educators as Reflective Practitioners Through Engaged Praxis
  • Social Justice and Liberation Through Education 
Published Books: 

Cressman, J. (2005).  “Introducing a Critical Perspective into a Graduate Course in Children’s Literature.”  Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania

Cressman, J. (2002).  “The Spirit of Do-right:  Studying the Lives of Famous African-Americans.”  In T. Buzzeo (Ed.), Collaborating to Meet Standards: Teacher/Librarian Partnerships for K-6. Linworth Publications.

Other Academic Information: 

Certifications Held:

  • Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
  • Principal, K-12
  • English, Middle and High School
  • Reading Specialist, K-12
  • Library Science, K-12
  • Elementary Education, K-8